Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, has won the Nobel Prize for literature.
The Swedish Academy said it honoured the 74-year-old author “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat”. Vargas Llosa has written more than 30 novels, plays and essays, including ‘Conversation In The Cathedral’ and ‘The Green House’. In 1995, he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honour. His international breakthrough came with novel ‘The Time Of The Hero’. Vargas Llosa is the first South American winner of the prize since it was awarded to Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1982.